What is grain cleaning machines

Scheeßel - By Lars Warnecke. It is the new pride of the Scheeßeler Mühle Förderverein and at the same time a technical marvel: the historic machine for cleaning and sorting the grain. After decades of slumber, the steel colossus on the upper floor of the venerable watermill has awakened again and is now restored and fully functional to the public on German Milling Day (Whit Monday, 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Several work assignments took up the preparations, it was cleaned and scrubbed, and the club members even completely renovated the floor in places in the past few weeks. “It could actually start tomorrow,” says treasurer Günter Saxer with a view of the spectacle that he and his club mates are putting on for the annual Mill Day.

Then, on Whit Monday, the walls, first mentioned in a document in 1507, which draws its strength from the Wümme, are not just busy. No, the technical equipment itself is also made to work, including pipe mixers and a hammer mill.

But something is different this year: "So far we have shown how the grain is ground, this time we also want to show the cleaning of grain," explains mill owner Jan Müller-Scheeßel. A table separator with electric motor operation built in the 1920s has found its proper place for this - including three different cleaning machines and two conveyor belts. "Some parts are from our original inventory, others come from a mill in Zeven and were purchased in 1995," says Müller-Scheeßel.

Each cleaning machine would do its own job. Just like a so-called aspirator. The sort out components from the grain that are larger or smaller than a grain. "Then there is a machine that sorts according to the shape," explains the mill warden. A third device, the worm gear, would separate the weed seeds from the broken grain again. Because even such leftovers, reveals Jan Müller-Scheeßel, ended up being recycled for additional business. “Millers are stingy people,” he smiles.

The program on Mühlentag starts at 10.30 a.m. with a performance by the Scheeßel men's choir. At 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. there's "Hansel and Gretel" to be seen as a puppet theater. Of course there are mill tours and machine demonstrations. In addition, a flea market invites you to rummage from 10 a.m. Bratwurst, coffee and cake are provided for refreshment.